Copyright law can be a confusing and intimidating topic. Heather Thomas explains many aspects of copyright law including when a pattern is considered copyrighted, what you can and cannot do with a pattern that is copyrighted and what it means to license a pattern. From the moment a designer writes a pattern it is considered copyrighted.
Tabberone is pronounced tab ber won not tay ber own. We have gathered what we could from the various postings and we will comment on them, click here. This page about Kate Spain was been posted to dispel the rumors that a quilter, Emily Cier, was sued for using licensed fabric in her quilt.
Forum Main public domain quilt blocks and patterns Welcome to the Quilting Board! So many blocks are from the Civil War thru the 30's. There was no copyright law.
Quilting and the copyright right laws which apply to the subject come up every now and then in magazines and online. Each attempts to summarize and explain the law often with different interpretations. Protecting the rights of others is important but sometimes it is a little difficult to figure out what it all means.
The subject of copyright as it applies to handmade items is a subject dear to the heart of someone who is making a living through their creative efforts. They count on the copyright laws to protect the distribution and use of their work as well as their income by giving them the exclusive right to control the reproduction of that work. For work to be copyrighted, it must be significantly original, unique and distinctive.
Let us know what you find out. Oh my goodness, this topic is a quagmire, so good luck. I read the article in McCall's Quilting which is addressed on the link that Cheryl gave you.
This article explains the basic concepts of copyright law and shows how the copyright laws can apply in real-life situations involving quilts and quilters. Copyright in general Copyright is a system of federal law that protects against the unauthorized copying or other use of various types of creative works. Works eligible for protection under copyright include patterns, diagrams and instructions for making quilts, written materials that talk about quilts and the making of quilts, and quilt designs, regardless of whether those designs appear in a pattern or diagram for the quilt, in a software program that lets the user make the quilt, or in the quilt itself. Obtaining a copyright The only actions required to obtain a copyright are creation and fixation.
The Ohio State University. In the absence of copyright protection for functional objects, a user of a pattern may be able to use whatever she makes from that pattern for any purpose, including selling the items. However, accompanying materials included with the pattern, such as images, may be eligible for copyright protection see image above.
Recently a designer's pattern was copied and distributed to many others without the permission of the designer not me BTW even though the pages of the pattern were all copy-written. Just to clarify Each person wanting to use that pattern to make that quilt would have to purchase that pattern. The pattern is yours to use, but not to give away to others for free.